Bedford, Mass. - James R. Clement Jr. of Bedford, Massachusetts died in the arms of his loving family on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at the age of 44.
Jimmy was born on March 9th, 1969 to Mary Anne (Glass) Clement and James R. Clement Sr. of Ballston Lake. He brought immense love, joy, and laughter to those who knew him. Jimmy was a loving father, devoted son, best big brother, and loyal friend. He was thoughtful and sensitive and will be incredibly missed by all those who were lucky enough to have known him.
He attended Shenendehowa Schools and graduated in 1987. He continued at the State University at Potsdam, where he graduated with a degree in computer science in 1991. Upon graduation he worked for various companies in the Northeast including IBM, Lotus, HP, Silverback, and finally Dell. He was most recently a software engineer at Dell where he was one of the leads working on their cutting edge cloud computing team.
Jim was a sports nut. He loved the Red Sox. He was also an excellent photographer and took pride in getting pictures that were both impressive and impossible. He was an avid biker who would ride anywhere and everywhere. He biked down Pike's Peak and through the mountains of the Adirondacks. He biked to work and he biked for fun. Most recently, he was very proud to have completed the Pan Mass Challenge, a ride of nearly 200 miles, where he raised more than $5,000 for cancer research. He loved boating and camping on Lake George and cruising and fishing with his kids on the Concord River in his small but beloved boat. [It was less beloved when it routinely stranded him.] He loved music and "big sound". He was extremely proud of his stereo equipment which was so complicated that few [none of his family] could ever understand its uniqueness. He loved fixing things and never found a troubled project that he could leave alone. Jimmy had an incredible sense of humor and talent for quick wit that could make anyone laugh, no matter the situation. He loved his kids Matt and Danielle more than anyone in the world and gave his time and attention to them freely whenever he could see them. Jimmy loved a good time and he would do his best to try to make sure everyone around him had a good time too. He looked at his get-a-ways as a time to recharge his batteries before he had to return to the real world of work and very little play. He enjoyed ten care free days in Hawaii last January and biked up the highest peak near Honolulu. He also enjoyed the beach, snorkeling, and a great helicopter ride around the island. Jimmy's family was his first love; he couldn't ever spend too much time with his kids Matt and Danielle. He was so proud of their achievements and had (and has!) great hope for their future success.
Beside his parents, Jim leaves behind his beloved children, Matthew (age 14) and Danielle (age 12) Clement and their mother, Megan Doyle, his former wife. He also leaves behind his sisters Christine Calistri (Jeff), Lisa Adams (Charlie), and Amy Berlin, all from Ballston Lake. He leaves his heartbroken girlfriend Rebecca Buisan, who was the best thing to have happened to him in many years. Jimmy was predeceased by his grandparents, Edward and Mildred Clement and Jane and Arthur Glass Sr. He leaves many nieces and nephews: Alison, Brendan, and Emma Calistri, Katie and John Adams, and Tara Berlin. His dog Sadie is also grieving. Jimmy came from a large family and had many other relatives and many, many friends that survive him.
Over the past few years, Jimmy struggled increasingly with anxiety and depression. He was getting help, but always felt ashamed that he needed it. We can only imagine the pain and isolation he must have felt Sunday night when he tried to leave this world alone. He was in so much pain that he felt that his family and the world would be a better place without him. He could not have been more wrong. Jimmy hid his sadness extremely well and in the end, this strength was his weakness. We hope that by sharing our incredible loss, others will be encouraged to discuss and get help for depression. There is help out there. Give your family an extra hug in honor of Jim, and reach out to those in need. Jim was an organ donor and we have already learned that two other lives were saved as a result of his final gifts.
Funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 9:30 from St. Augustine's Church in Lansingburgh (Cor. of 115th. Street & 4th. Avenue) where the Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated by Father James T. Spenard, OSA, Pastor
Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Rt.9 in Clifton Park on Tuesday afternoon and evening from 4-8 p.m.
Interment will be in the beautiful Jonesville Cemetery, Jonesville, New York.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to his children's college fund in care of the funeral home or to the Pan-Mass Challenge. Click the "Donate to My Ride" button at: http://www2.pmc.org/profile/JC0607.
Or a check can be sent to Alison Rush, Pan-Mass Challenge, 77 4th Avenue, Needham, MA 02494.
Arrangements have been entrusted by the family to the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home 1550 Rt. 9 Clifton Park, NY 12065, 518-371-5454.